Messages, sent via social media, SMS or WhatsApp, offer recipients a free subscription to Netflix to keep you entertained while in quarantine due to the Coronavirus.
According to what was reported by the site The Sun British, it is believed that online scammers use scripts to hack victims’ phones or trick them into providing their personal details. He revealed one trick on WhatsApp this week from cyber security expert Graham Cluley.
In a blog posted on BitDefender’s security website, Graham explained how hackers cheat their victims by creating a false sense of urgency.
Graham wrote: “Messages that are seen spread on social media and via WhatsApp, urge recipients to act quickly to secure a free subscription.” The message encourages users to click on a specific link to obtain a “free subscription” to Netflix.
It seems that the link will take you to an official Netflix website, but the phone page is already running from hackers.
Graham added: “Users who think it is a free offer may be tempted to click on the link, and be deceived by the look and feel of the site.”
After that the site asks you some questions about how you deal with the global epidemic, then you are encouraged to send a scam message to ten people in your contact list in order to access the “free subscription”.
Of course, there is no free subscription to Inflix, Graham said. All I did was redirect fraud to others in your group of friends, which could put them at risk at the hands of scammers. Predators might also try to send a harmful victim code that attackers can use to spy on users or Steal their bank account details. ”
How to avoid phishing scams
First, you should be careful when checking the source of the email or message. Even if it seems formal, you should double check the message and check for any spelling errors or slight distortions in the sender’s phone number or email address.
You should always be wary of links in text and emails.
If you are sure the message you received is a scam, delete it.
In other news, a fraudulent email displaying “Corona Virus Safety Procedures” arrived in the inbox earlier this month, and Android users were also warned that some very popular applications on the Google Play store could put them at risk.